Police continue to investigate

UPDATE: According to the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit, the suspect killed in Sunday's home invasion in Coverdale was 20-year-old Larry T. Hobbs, of Laurel.


The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation into the death of a suspect that broke into a Coverdale area home.

The incident occurred around midnight on Sunday, Sept. 24, when a 911 call was placed from the 11000 block of Iris Field Lane advising that a subject had been shot inside the residence.  Troopers arrived at the home and found an unresponsive adult male with a gunshot wound to the upper torso near the kitchen area. The suspect, whose name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene by Sussex County Paramedics.

A preliminary investigation revealed that an adult male resident was alone inside the house when two suspects broke in. A struggle ensued with one of the suspects, who was armed with a handgun. During the struggle, a single round was fired, striking the suspect. The second suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. The male resident was uninjured in the incident.

The second suspect that fled the scene was described as a male wearing all dark clothing and a mask over his face.

Detectives are continuing their investigation by conducting interviews and collecting evidence at the scene to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident. Additional information and investigative details will be disseminated as soon as it becomes available.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact the Detective M. Csapo at 302-698-8427. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”